At CFS, our House system is an integral part of every school day. We have four Houses, each with its own House Champion from the staff body. Their task is to motivate and enthuse the pupils within their respective House and play a full and active part in the inter-House competitions.
Our four Houses are:
Every pupil and member of staff is placed in one of the Houses when they join school. Where possible, siblings are in the same House to foster a sense of family loyalty – and less tension on Sports Day! By being a member of the House family, pupils and staff are encouraged to show team spirit.
At the very heart of the House System is our school vision ‘Nurture, Challenge, Inspire’. Put simply, we want our children and young people to:
- Engage in a diverse range of activities
- Participate in healthy competition
- Develop a sense of community cohesion
- Show compassion for other people
Each pupil has a House tie that represents the House that they are in. In our Secondary phase, tutor groups are organised in House groups and we hold regular House gatherings which are organised in a vertical fashion and are made up of pupils from year 1 to 13. This breaks down barriers between the year groups and creates a sense of togetherness; encouraging the older pupils to look out for the younger ones.
There are many House events throughout the year from all areas and across all phases of CFS. This blend ensures that everyone has the opportunity to represent their House in something that they enjoy or are good at. For example, House events include sporting activities, art competitions, cookery contests and various other activities such as gardening, playground games and events designed and organised by our pupils. Staff lead by example and take part in exactly the same events as the pupils.
All pupils have the opportunity to earn House points for their House; House Points are at the heart of our all through reward system. Points are awarded for things such as good work, contribution to lessons, community spirit and participation in House competitions. Pupils can also gain valuable House points every week for doing the right thing or going the extra mile.
Our yearly ‘all through’ sports day also contributes to the running total for House points and involves all pupils. We also hold a House Festival to celebrate and showcase the achievements and talents of pupils across the school in drama, music and dance.
At the end of the academic year all House points are added up and one House wins the overall cup.